Afzal Guru saluted on his martyrdom day


Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani continued to remain under house arrest at his Hyderpora residence while Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was also kept under house custody at his Nageen residence. All shops, businesses establishments, petrol pumps and private offices remained closed in Sopore and other places in the valley.

Guru and Bhat were hanged to death inside New Delhi's Tihar Jail on February 9, 2013 and February 11, 1984, respectively.

Police and CRPF men had placed concertina wires and barricades on main roads in downtown Srinagar and Sopore to restrict public movement and foil protests.

A shutdown is being observed across Kashmir on the fifth anniversary of the hanging of Afzal Guru even as authorities imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar city to prevent protests.

Train services between north Kashmir's Baramulla town and Bannihal town in the Jammu region were suspended as a precautionary measure.

The delegates while addressing the gathering said that Muhammad Afzal Guru was hanged only to satisfy the collective conscience of Indian people hence dishonouring the principles of humanity and justice.

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Guru was buried secretly inside the prison grounds and his family was not informed about the date of his execution.

She claimed when Mehbooba Mufti was in Opposition, she raised hue and cry and castigated State and Central Governments for not handing over the mortal remains of Muhammad Afzal Guru to the family.

Similar reports of shutdown were also received from south Kashmir.

The two countries have fought three wars - in 1948, 1965 and 1971 - since they were partitioned in 1947, two of which were fought over Kashmir.

The securities across the city have been increased due to the fear of the terrorist attack or strike by Jaish-e-Muhammad, which is a Jihadist group and had carried many attacks in Jammu & Kashmir.